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May 26, 2011

ACNIS Contributes to A Komitas Concert

Yerevan—Yesterday, on 25 May 2011, the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) and “Kantegh” Armenian classical music ensemble jointly presented, at Aram Khachaturian House-Museum, a concert-lecture devoted to the renowned Armenian composer and musicologist Komitas. The event brought together numerous music lovers including Ambassador Raul de Luzenberger, head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, and other representatives from the diplomatic community in Yerevan.

ACNIS Administrative Director Karapet Kalenchian welcomed the audience with opening remarks, and during the concert that followed, violinist Lusine Harutiunyan and pianist Arpine Kalinina performed many of Komitas’ best works; separately, Kalinina also improvised on Komitas melodies.

The founder and artistic director of the “Kantegh” Ensemble is Arpine Kalinina, a promising composer and recipient of the Triumph Award of Russia, and the objective of this group is to make the Armenian classical music treasures—starting from Komitas reaching until contemporary composers—accessible to a large cross-section of the public, specifically the youth.

The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) is a leading independent strategic research center located in Yerevan, Armenia.  As an independent, objective institution committed to conducting professional policy research and analysis, ACNIS strives to raise the level of public debate and seeks to broaden public engagement in the public policy process, as well as fostering greater and more inclusive public knowledge. Founded in 1994, ACNIS is the institutional initiative of Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Over the past fifteen years, ACNIS has acquired a prominent reputation as a primary source of professional independent research and analysis covering a wide range of national and international policy issues.

For further information on the Center call (37410) 52-87-80 or 27-48-18; fax (37410) 52-48-46; email root@acnis.am or info@acnis.am; or visit www.acnis.am.

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